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My Thoughts on Religon

December 4th, 2009 Posted in advice

I think religion is a bit like communism – in theory its is wonderful notion (a community of people sharing for the greater good). But anything can be corrupted or misinterpreted.

My belief is that religion served a vital purpose many years ago and that purpose has been eroded over the last few century’s.

That purpose is primarily to make people conform to and live by a set of standards. Today we have laws to abide by (otherwise we will be punished) and socially reinforced norms of behaviour (which will leave us as social outcasts if we do not follow) that for the most part take away the usefulness of religion.

“Major religions are examples of ‘noble lies’ aimed at uplifting human stature.” – Jack Miller

What remains is the spiritual aspect, that there is a higher power and a greater purpose to what we do. To me the notion of an after-life or re-incarnation is greedy/lazy. I only have one life and I intend to do my best with it.

In times gone by religion was used to make people adhere to societal norms of behaviour (do not commit ‘sin’) otherwise you will go to hell when you die and suffer guilt in the short term. From this also comes the concept of forgiveness. That we can be absolved of our sins, even of murder, is to me an abhorrent concept.

I think all religions have many wonderful life lessons – however some other lessons are not compatible with modern life, are plain wrong or have been misinterpreted and corrupted.

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” – Galileo Galiliei

I’m certain Jesus did walk the earth, however as a man like you and me. If he was to come back to life I think he would be seriously unhappy at how his message and beliefs have been twisted in his absence.

He was a wise and generous man who after his death had his message corrupted. In amongst his wise teachings they mixed in rubbish about walking on water and then turning it into wine.

Do you believe if you were capable of such miracles that you would allow someone to nail you to a cross?

“To you, I’m an atheist. To God, I’m the loyal opposition.” – Woody Allen

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